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B. Braun Committed to Protecting Healthcare Workers from Exposure to Hazardous Drugs
Date:4/23/2013

connector to its product portfolio. CYTOGUARD enables a safe and effective closed system for syringes and IV administration sets that helps to reduce exposure to hazardous drugs during preparation, transport, administration and disposal. It was specifically designed to minimize this exposure by maintaining a closed fluid path during the transport from the pharmacy to the floor and after the administration of the drug upon disconnection. CYTOGUARD closed luer connector compliments the OnGuard CSTD.

According to the CDC, published studies have shown that workplace exposures to hazardous drugs can cause both acute and chronic health effects such as skin rashes, adverse reproductive outcomes (including infertility, spontaneous abortions, and congenital malformations), and possibly leukemia and other cancers. The health risk depends on how much exposure a worker has to these drugs and how toxic they are.1

"Despite the evidence and outcomes that are available today, some healthcare workers are still not convinced of the dangers of exposure to hazardous drugs, this is very disturbing to me," said Seth Eisenberg, RN , OCN, and professional practice coordinator for infusion services at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Ambulatory Clinic in Washington State. "The problem of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs has not been solved and healthcare workers need to be vigilant and constantly educate themselves about the safe handling of hazardous drugs. This is why it is imperative to keep hazardous drugs where they belong. Closed system devices, such as those made by B.Braun and others, offer this first line of defense for healthcare professionals on the front lines of treating oncology patients," added Eisenberg.

To learn more visit B.Braun's Cytotoxic Exposure Information page at www.CytotoxicExposure.com.

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